SANE Program and Grant

About the SANE Grant Program

There are four phases to prepare for the SANE certification exam, in accordance with IAFN Guidelines, that this grant-funded program will provide.

Online Didactic Course seal for IAFN-approved SANE CourseNurses will learn the theory, research base, and legal rationales for protocols used by SANEs in this 8-week course.
Clinical Preceptor Course Administered by Expert SANE nurses, this 2-day course is
the entry point for those that have already completed the
didactic course.
Mentorship Program

Nurses have access to Expert SANE case review and
supervision during the remainder of 300 SANE-related
clinical hours they serve at their practicing institute or hospital.

Review Course Nurses return to the "online classroom" for certification exam preparation in this 15-hour, 3-week session.

The program ends with nurses applying for certification through IAFN. Fees associated with IAFN SANE-A certification exam registration will be paid for by the grant.

Depending on experience and prior course completion, applicants may enroll at one of three entry points: Didactic Course, Clinical Preceptor Course or Mentorship Program. 

Workflow graphic to illustrate different entry paths for SANE program


Eligibility for the SANE Grant

The program is for nurses who:

  • Do not have SANE Preceptor in their facility
  • Work in a setting where they will have access to practice sexual assault exams upon completing the CPC
  • Are proficient in -- or have concrete plans to obtain a preceptorship to learn -- the "normal" pelvic exam before attending the CPC

Acceptance into this program requires a commitment to stay in communication with program staff through to completion of the IAFN SANE certification exam. Active participation in all phases of the program from point of enrollment is also required.   


Meghan Currie
Project Manager